Almost two years after the West LRT opened, the city is starting to look at how best to incorporate public art into the six-kilometre train line.
Officials are asking Calgarians to share their ideas on the subject at a workshop next weekend.
“I think there's some really interesting ideas that people can grapple with and think about, both in terms of art and in terms of heritage,” said Sarah Iley, the city’s manager of culture.
The transit line opened late in 2012 but the city exempted the project from its standard policy of setting aside one per cent of a project's budget for public art.
Instead city council decided to take more than $3 million from other transportation projects to ensure the line gets some public art.
“We are looking at really the whole line, we're not just looking at a single site.”
One element of the West LRT's public art is already known — council directed that three of the original lion statues from the Centre Street Bridge be included.
Iley said the city wants suggestions on how to make that happen.
“We're imagining that they're likely to be part of a larger piece. But that's part of what we want to talk about with the community and get a sense from them.”
The workshop is on June 14 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Westgate Community Hall at 4943 Eighth Avenue S.W.
The city expects to put out request for proposals in the fall and unveil the West LRT public art sometime in 2016.